Soprano Winnie Nieh* (聶樂天) made her European solo debut under the baton of legendary Maestro Helmuth Rilling, and was invited by the Metropolitan Opera Guild to perform at Dawn Upshaw’s master class as one of two featured young singers. She has been selected as a participant in The Song Continues workshop at Carnegie Hall in January 2014.
She won First Place in the 2012 St. Andrews Arts Council International Aria Competition (Canada), and was awarded Third Place and voted as Audience Favorite in the 2013 Madison Early Music Festival’s Handel Aria Competition (Madison, WI).
A versatile artist gifted with perfect pitch, she is praised for her “fantastic facility” and “clarity of tone”. She received Associate of Trinity College London diplomas in voice, piano and violin while still a teenager in Hong Kong, and her B.A. with a language citation in French from Harvard University. She was a Resident Artist with Opera Company of Brooklyn in 2011-2013.
In the 2013-14 season, she will be appearing as the soprano soloist in Mozart’s Mass in C Minor (Sop. I) in New York Choral Society’s Summer Sing, in Handel’s Messiah with the American Chamber Orchestra and Cathedral Choir, and in contemporary Finnish composer Jaakko Mäntyjärvi’s Canticum calamitatis maritimae with New Amsterdam Singers. She will be performing the roles of Oscar (Un Ballo in Maschera) with Vocal Productions NYC and Olympia (Les Contes d’Hoffmann) in concert with New York Lyric Opera, singing at master classes given by French song expert Thomas Grubb and Metropolitan Opera mezzo-soprano Margaret Lattimore, and performing as guest soloist with Jackson Heights Orchestra. In March 2014, she will be competing as a Finalist in the Art Song Preservation Society of New York’s Vocal Arts Competition.
Ms. Nieh enjoys performing a wide range of repertoire. She has appeared as a soloist in a staged lute song project at the Amherst Early Music Festival, where she worked with Julianne Baird and Grant Herreid. Since her operatic debut as Susanna (Le Nozze di Figaro), she has performed numerous roles including: Pamina and Papagena (Die Zauberflöte), Blondchen (Die Entführung aus dem Serail), Despina (Così Fan Tutte), Madame Herz (The Impresario), Amor (Orfeo ed Euridice), Voce dal cielo (Don Carlo), Olympia (Les Contes d’Hoffmann), La Fée (Cendrillon), Lucinde (Gounod’s Le Médecin Malgré Lui), Sophie (Der Rosenkavalier) and Violetta (La Traviata). Her solo oratorio experience includes: Bach’s Mass in B Minor, St John Passion and Magnificat in D, Monteverdi, Schütz, Vivaldi’s Gloria, Handel’s Messiah, Haydn’s Creation (as Eve) and Lord Nelson Mass, M.A. Charpentier’s Messe de Minuit, Mozart’s Requiem, Coronation Mass and Der Messias, Mendelssohn’s Magnificat (Op.69/3), Brahms’ Ein deutsches Requiem, Fauré’s Requiem and Beethoven’s Mass in C. She has also premiered works at Juilliard and Longy School of Music.
She currently studies with Neil Semer in New York, NY.
Photo: Dan Demetriad
*Nieh is pronounced as [NEE-eh] and rhymes with Pie Jesu.